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Poster: Steven-Vermont Date: Apr 26, 2009 9:29am
Forum: etree Subject: Why do some concerts have FLAC only?

I realize that FLAC files are lossless and better quality audio, but it's a serious pain to play the things. Media Player doesn't play them, Itunes doesn't play them. MP3's sound fine, and they're great for portable players.

Seems like as long as mainstream media players don't support FLAC, it'd be mighty convenient to have mp3 copies available to download too.

I was just wondering if there's a reasoning to the fact that certain shows are only uploaded as FLAC? Also, what do you folks use to play these files? I spent like an hour downloading a whole mess of programs and ended up just converting the files I wanted to mp3, so I could use them in my regular media player and on my mp3 player. They sound fine, but it's a bit of a hassle to go through all that!

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Poster: musicjoker319 Date: May 5, 2009 3:36pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Why do some concerts have FLAC only?

There's a free program I use that can convert files. I really like this program. It can convert flac to wave or mp3 and keep them in the same folder. If you convert a large mp3 file to a smaller one you have to put the output in another folder.

http://www.wmamp3-converter.com/

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgreenone Date: Apr 26, 2009 10:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Why do some concerts have FLAC only?

There are three possible reasons why a show is available in FLAC format only.

1) The band does not wish to have derivatives made on any of the shows in their collection. In this case, no mp3s will be generated until the artist consents. This is true for a few dozen or so artists on the LMA: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=nomp3%20AND%20collection%3Aetree

2) The taper or uploader does not wish to have derivatives made on their shows. Slightly more common than case #2. When faced with a choice between FLAC only or no show at all, we'll go with FLAC only. Again, no mp3s will be generated unless the taper/uploader changes his/her mind.

3) There is some sort of error with the show that is preventing mp3's from being generated. Usually an md5 or ffp error, or a missing txt file, or one of the files is corrupted in some way. Usually something the uploader has to fix; they've been sent an email detailing the problem but many emails get caught in spam filters or ignored, plus they can be kind of hard to understand at times.

Not sure if you're on a PC or a Mac, but on a Mac, Cog (cogx.org) and Play (sbooth.org/play) can both play FLAC files seamlessly. There's a FLAC plugin for Windows Media Player and probably more Windows options but I'm not well-versed on my PC...

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